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Who is the Mystery Woman in Benedict Arnold's Secret Letters?

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An archive of the secret communications between Benedict Arnold and British army officers indirectly reference Arnold's wife, Peggy. It is the strongest clue yet that she may have been a pivotal figure in Arnold's treachery.

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Benedict Arnold was a hero of the revolution. He was one of Washington's best generals. He had a new bride said to be the most beautiful woman in the colonies. And yet, just one month after marrying 18-year-old Peggy Shippen, Arnold reached out to the British and began to plot treason. What drove the celebrated general to betray his country? Investigators are now exposing a vast conspiracy to crush America's hopes for independence with Benedict Arnold's young wife at the center.

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